Best Triathlon Bag for 2017 (Updated)

A must for any novice or even expert triathlete is a good triathlon transition bag.  

This review aims to help you out in the decision process when looking for a new gear bag.  

Outside of you primary triathlon kit, one of the most important things you need for competing in a triathlon is a proper bag.  

Yes I know it seems odd but the reality is that you need somewhere to keep all your stuff on race day, and a properly kitted out bag is going to help reduce stress when you get to the start line.  

Knowing you have everything you need and that it’s all readily available in its own compartment really does make a difference.

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So which is the best and why:

Take a look below.  We have picked out our best seller, The top of the line tri bag, and also a nice quality budget bag.

Our Best Selling Triathlon Transition Bag

 

The Blue Seventy Transition Bag is by far our most popular transition bag.  Most people who race triathlon will know Blue Seventy for their awesome wetsuits.  They also make a superb triathlon transition bag.  This really is a great all-rounder and a bag that some of our racing team currently use.

Some of its cool features include a large insulated compartment at the bottom of the bag that will hold a wetsuit.  A very handy elasticated pocket for your helmet.

Some fairly decent sized side pockets for drinks bottles and hydration, a multitude of internal zip pockets for your essentials like keys etc..

It sports a large opening for top loading of your kit and has plenty of room to hold everything you need on race day.  Top all of that off with very comfortable shoulder and waist straps to carry the bag around and you are on to a winner with the Blue Seventy Tri bag.

This bag has been around for a while now but still makes the cut when it comes to value, quality and features.  A very popular triathlon transition bag and top of our list.

Preview Product Rating Price
Blueseventy Transition Bag Blueseventy Transition Bag No ratings yet $99.99

Our Top Choice | Best Quality Triathlon Bag

gystbp1-14-2-300x300The Gyst BP1-14 Triathlon Backpack claims the top spot in our review.

This really is a top class tri bag and carries all the features you would expect from Gyst.

 

It features the Gyst X-Changer system that allows you to get changed pretty much anywhere.  You can stand on a built-in transition mat that folds out from the bag, keeping your feet clean and dry while you change – essential when you are in a transition area and don’t have time for anything.

 

There are a multitude of pockets in this bag that can carry all of your triathlon or fitness gear, a wet compartment for your wetsuit or swimming gear and damp towels
  • This bag is unique, in that it transforms into a tri bag with a built in transition mat
  • It has a great selection of magnets, loops and hooks that allow for easy access to all the compartments
  • A great feature of this bag is the dual access.  This allows you to load the bag from either opening.  Saves pulling everything out to get what you need
  • Also, has a built in drainage system to remove any excess water after use
  • Made from water repellent fabric with great size #10 zippers

 
Preview Product Rating Price
Gyst Concept Transition Bag Backpack Gyst Concept Transition Bag Backpack 4 Reviews $170.00

You can read our full review of the Gyst BP1-14 here

 

Best Value For Money Tri Bag

tyrThe final bag on our list is the TYR Alliance Team II Backpack.  This awesome bag from TYR really is the best value for money available today.  Full of top features that you would expect from TYR – A great brand in triathlon.

The TYR tri bag has a good sized interior compartment that will hold all your swim gear or wet towels.  It also sports a large dry compartment.  This helps separate things out and keep you organized.

It comes with a Goggle protector pocket, reinforced interior pockets and a handy pocket for you iPod or smartphone.  Comes with good strong straps and has a padded back for extra comfort.

This really is a great bag considering the cost.

 
Preview Product Rating Price
TYR Alliance Team II Backpack, Black/Purple TYR Alliance Team II Backpack, Black/Purple 331 Reviews from $38.05


triathlon transition bagAlso known as a triathlon duffle bag, triathlon gear bag, equipment bag, triathlon gym bag.  (List goes on)

Put simply, though – you cannot underestimate the import role a good tri bag plays on race day. Everything on race day goes into your bag, except your bike and possibly your helmet, but there are bags that have clips for holding your helmet which comes in very handy.

My first day out I had three bags full of gear and more bits and pieces.  What a disaster really.

There was stuff everywhere and I must have gone through each bag twenty times to make sure I had everything.  I invested in a decent transition bag before the second race to avoid this happening again.

Modern design gives you multiple compartments and sections that allow you to split up each area of the race into separate spaces.

Very handy when you are going through your pre-race gear checklist and you know where to find everything. Saves the twenty check panic attacks…

We can provide customer triathlon bag reviews for Zoot, Zipp, Zeus, Blue Seventy, Desoto, Nike, Orca, TYR and more, so just reach out and ask us.  If there is a particular bag you have in mind that is not on our list we will gladly take a look and give you our honest opinion via a review.


 Features to look out for:

When you are on the hunt for a new tri bag there are some key features you should definitely look for.

As this is a multi-disciplinary sport you should try and get a tri bag with separate compartments for each discipline.

What do we mean by that?

When you are going to a race everything is nicely organised and more importantly dry!

If you can get a triathlon bag with a wetsuit compartment and somewhere waterproof to store your towel you will keep everything else in your bag from getting soaked.

I like to separate out my gear based on each section of the race.

I keep all my swimming gear together in one section. There is a dedicated section for my tri suit and running gear – including my runners, and finally somewhere for my helmet and visor.

That way when I get to the transition area I can easily grab each set of gear and lay it out. Nice and calm with no panic…

Some of the best triathlon bags on the market are designed this way and one particular feature I like is the ability to strap my helmet onto my bag out of the way. Just remember to put in on once you enter the transition area or you risk being disqualified before you even get started.

Look for something with a bit of padding around the straps and the back area. We tend to carry quite a bit of kit in our packs and you don’t want to strain or injure yourself – at least until after you cross the finish line.

I also like to keep all my race nutrition separate from my gear just in case any of my gels or fluids leaks. This can be a bit of a nightmare as everything gets sticky and uncomfortable.

Some modern racing bags have an array of side pockets for storing kit and these can be great for things like swimming goggles, swimming hats and even your tri sunglasses.

You bring a lot of gear with you on race day so keep it organised and you will be one happy racer.


 

As you can see there are many features you would expect in a decent triathlon equipment bag.  

We have tried to take a look at some of the best bags on the market from an inexpensive triathlon training bag right up to the triathlon elite bag and give you an overview as part of this review so you know what to look for.  

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We hope you like our review and thanks for stopping by.

If you are just getting into Triathlon then why not take a look at the history of the sport and see where it came from.  It’s a great read.  You can check it out here.

Another thing you should definitely check out is the following video on how to pack you tri bag correctly. This clip is loaded with great tips

Thanks for visiting and happy racing.

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